The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (epub) ☆ Dinaw Mengestu

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A haunting and powerful first novel that views the streets of Washington DC and Addis Ababa through the eyes of Sepha who seventeen years ago fled Ethiopia during the Revolution and now runs a failing convenience store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in the USA Canada and Australia; and as Children of the Revolution in the UKSeventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution after witnessing soldiers beat his father to the point of certain death selling off his parents' jewelry to pay for passage to the United States. This is a magnificently simple book Deceptively simple like the Old Man and the Sea in that you breeze through it and think nice story but when you pause for one moment and think about it you realize that it is so much than a nice storyA blend of the political uncertainties and accompanying atrocities of the African continent with the ever present class struggles overlaid by racial tension of America The parallels and similarities are clear but woven through the book in a way that respects the readers abili

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S But when the neighborhood's newfound calm is disturbed by a series of racial incidents Sepha may lose everything all over again Told in a haunting and powerful first person narration that casts the streets of Washington DC and Addis Ababa through Sepha's eyes The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears is a deeply affecting and unforgettable debut novel about what it means to lose a family and a country and what it takes to create a new home Published as The Beautiful Thing That Heaven Bears in the USA Canada and Australia; and as Children of the Revolution in the UK Winner of the Guardian UK 2007 book awar. Rating 425 of fiveHow wonderful it is to find a first novel that feels so accomplished and tells such an engrossing story I can t imagine that real enjoyable talent is becoming rarer in a world that contains such elouent proofs of its healthMengestu tells the story of three friends African immigrants all who meet in Washington DC for so long the home territory of nativist sentiment in our republic of exclusion I don t think a recap of the plot will help anyone decide whether or not to buy the book because its

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Now he finds himself running a grocery store in a poor African American neighborhood in Washington DC His only companions are two fellow African immigrants who share his feelings of frustration with and bitter nostalgia for their home continent He realizes that his life has turned out completely different and far isolated from the one he had imagined for himself years ago Soon Sepha's neighborhood begins to change Hope comes in the form of new neighbors Judith and Naomi a white woman and her biracial daughter who become his friends and remind him of what having a family is like for the first time in year. It came down to two things for me The narrator and the location The narrator s voice is haunting and sweet Tinged with sadness and hope that at times made it difficult to bear But it propelled me on hoping to see this kind and pitiful man receive some happiness some lasting beauty in his life The other characters are mere set pieces and perhaps I should deduct a star for that to generate reaction from our narrator to give us some peek into his psyche But those peeks are so well rewarded that I don t mind the


10 thoughts on “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

  1. says:

    This is a magnificently simple book Deceptively simple like the Old Man and the Sea in that you breeze through it and think nice story but when you pause for one moment and think about it you realize that it is so

  2. says:

    Big disappointment This is all about an Ethiopian refugee who's now been in Washington DC for 17 years and runs a grocery store in a poor neig

  3. says:

    wow what a compact melancholy little novel written in overlapping layers as the narrator grapples with what has become of his life it's almost like a snowglobe of sadness isolation regret and loss shake it and you see fragments of Sepha's family life in Addis Ababa; shake it again and you see fragments of his friendship with two oth

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    The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears was the July selection for my book club but I almost didn't read it because I knew I wouldn't be able to make the actual meeting But I decided to read it anyway and I'm glad I did My expectations going in may have shaped my feelings about the book I knew that it was written by an Ethiopian immigrant a

  5. says:

    It came down to two things for me The narrator and the location The narrator's voice is haunting and sweet Tinged with sa

  6. says:

    This is an excellent book On its surface it's about the immigrant experience but it delves deeper and achieves a universality which is much profound Anyone who has ever experienced the dislocation of not belonging to a time or place can relate to this story Despite socio economic differences these characters share a struggle to be

  7. says:

    I feel like I wasted my time reading this and believe me I really wanted to like this one too And indeed I did like a lot of it but the endingWHAT THE FUCK??

  8. says:

    Seventeen years ago Sepha Stephanos fled Ethiopia during the revolution which called Sepha's father Now Sepha owns and wo

  9. says:

    Rating 425 of fiveHow wonderful it is to find a first novel that feels so accomplished and tells such an engrossing story I can't ima

  10. says:

    This book has a simplicity that amazed me I breezed through it and although it is rather sad and its melancholy permeates every single paragraph I could not help but feel somehow liberated while reading it It mainly conveys the main character’s an immigrant from Ethiopia feelings of loneliness and displacement You however don’t have to be